The Yadkin Ripple
|Type||Weekly newspaper (Published Thursday afternoons)|
|Owner(s)||Heartland Publications, LLC|
|Headquarters||115 Jackson Street
Yadkinville, North Carolina 27055
The Ripple, published on Thursdays, was purchased in June 2007 by Heartland Publications. It has a circulation of 5,740, according to the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communications. It shares a publisher and its production staff with The Tribune in Elkin and is printed at The Mount Airy News.
Mattie Johnson Hall, who used the pseudonym "Meddlesome Mattie," started The Ripple in East Bend in 1892. She named it after watching a ripple over a dam on the Yadkin River. In 1896, the paper was sold to attorney Elisha Stanford who moved the offices to Yadkinville. She in-turn sold The Ripple to Samuel Carter (S. Carter) Williams who in 1909 sold the publication to Mr Rutledge.
In 1909, it was sold to W.E. Rutledge Sr. (November 13, 1887 – April 2, 1966). Rutledge was owner, editor and publisher of the paper until his death in 1966. The paper remained in the Rutledge family until 2002 when it was sold to Mid-South Management Company Inc. of Spartanburg, South Carolina. The Yadkin Enterprise, another weekly Yadkinville newspaper, then merged into The Ripple.
In June 2007, The Ripple and its sister publications were sold to Heartland Publications LLC of Connecticut. A week after the sale, Rebel Good, publisher of The Ripple and The Tribune, left his position along with a number of senior staffers. Good and former Mount Airy News publisher Michael Milligan plan to launch a newspaper to compete with The Mount Airy News.
- An Illustrated History of Yadkin County, 1850-1980, by W.E. Rutledge Jr., Page 90
- Yadkin, Surry, Stokes newspapers are bought Winston-Salem Journal (accessed 3 June 2007)
- "Locals launch competing Mount Airy newspaper," Winston-Salem Journal, July 5, 2007
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